February Newsletter

Stephen Bloor Newsletter

Welcome to the February Newsletter

February sees Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 6th February and lots of resources that can be used for yourself and your learners.
This years theme is “create,connect and share – a better internet for everyone”
Here’s the link to access resources for parents and learners;

January has been a busy month with lots of learner concerns requiring extra help from the team.We are looking at introducing risk assessments for all our learners and l am looking forward to the all staff update training sessions that have been developed. I hope you benefit from these sessions.

January Safeguarding Stats

There were
new Learner Concerns

Information or low level
There are
Currently Unresolved Concerns

Moderate Level
Were reported to the relevant authorities

High Level

Are reminder of how to report any learner concerns
A short podcast as a reminder click here

Unresolved concern are concerns that still require monitoring from either Safeguarding or from the reporting person. Please ensure that you update Safeguarding of the outcomes to learner concerns so they can be closed.

Our concern levels are as follows:
Information – At present staff member is monitoring the situation
Low Level – Staff member presenting doesn’t require involvement from the Designated Person
Moderate Level – The concern may require input from the Designated Person
High Level – Staff member requires immediate action from the Designated Person

Current Total People Safeguarding Trends – January

Learners health

Top priorities this month have been regarding learners health. Some reports are surrounding young learners who are pregnant – along with other issues this brings. Instead of a pregnancy pack for our young learners , we have decided to point them in the direction of a really useful website;

Advice and Guidance
www.tommys.orgβ€Ž A charity website providing loads of information for young mothers.

Bullying on line

We have had a number of concerns regarding young learners feeling bullied on line or exchanging inappropriate messages.

Advice and Guidance
Here is a link to CEOP where you can learn how to block, remove your geo locator, and report any sites you feel unforgettable with.



The dangers of sexting
The sharing of “youth produced sexual imagery” is an issue for educational providers for those who are 16 plus.
Those who are under the age of 18 can breach the law and we have guidelines to help.
Here is a useful video to show your learners about the dangers;

A useful video which I’ve had in our library for some time, but really useful to show at a time when there seems a lot of confusion over exactly how the law interprets this issue.
County lines
One of the team attended some training around the issue of county lines – if you’ve never heard of it – read this report

The training was well received and we are looking at what we can do as an organisation to make our learners resilient and our colleagues aware of the very real issues.